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Remote Sleep

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How many times have you turned on a movie or show for the kids to help them unwind after dinner only to find them bouncing off the walls at bedtime?

It seems natural to relax in front of the TV at the end of the day. Adults have been doing it for years—although that isn’t necessarily an endorsement in good behavior. A new study has come out in the Journal of Pediatrics that draws a connection between the times kids spend watching compared to the amount of sleep they get. Turns out, the more they watch, the less they sleep. For every hour extra of television watched, kids slept an average of seven minutes less.

While that may not seem like a big deal, many other studies are very conclusive in pointing out the benefits of a good night’s sleep—not to mention the detrimental effects of when we don’t get enough of it. Kids with televisions in their bedrooms were inclined to lose even more sleep, according to the study. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that screen time for young kids should be limited to one to two hours per day. Judging from this study, TV time should be well before bedtime.